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2021/22 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

SPSC5215M Motor and Psychological Aspects of Rehabilitation

15 creditsClass Size: 15

Module manager: Dr Andrea Utley

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

This module is mutually exclusive with

SPSC3329Motor and Psychological Aspects of Rehabilitation

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

Rehabilitation is a complex area that draws on theories from motor control and psychology. This module will provide both research and practical examples of rehabilitation from both motor control and exercise psychology. The emphasis will be on the range of rehabilitation techniques available, their principles and application. The interaction between patient and therapist will be examined in detail.


This module explores the motor and psychological aspects of rehabilitation including the study of movement in terms of: neuromuscular control, reflexes, posture and balance, as well as sensorimotor systems, and rehabilitation theory.

In addition psychological processes underpinning rehabilitation including adherence, self-efficacy, stress, and coping will be examined.
The objectives of the module are to:
- To equip students with a basic understanding of rehabilitation from a motor and exercise psychology perspective
- To provide students with knowledge from recent and relevant research that explores the antecedents of good practice in rehabilitation.
- Make students aware of the considerations needed when planning and delivering rehabilitation.

Learning outcomes
On completion of the module students will:
1. Be able to critically evaluate the relevance of contemporary research in motor and psychological aspects of rehabilitation;
2. Critically analyse the unpinning psychology theory and development of advanced models;
3. Demonstrate a wider appreciation of multiple facets of motor and psychological aspects of rehabilitation;
4. Be able to critically analyse the motor and psychological factors that impact rehabilitation across a range of conditions.

Skills outcomes
Students will be able to:
- demonstrate a critical understanding of theoretical and methodological issues encountered in contemporary research and practice;
- demonstrate critical understanding of the barriers and constraints associated with rehabilitation;
- orally communicate and disseminate relevant information on a selected contemporary topic.


This module will cover the following areas:
- Clinical management of patients;
- Conceptual framework for recovery;
- Principles and practice of rehabilitation (comparing medical and social model);
- Psychological management of patients;
- Psychological aspects of recovery;
- Enhancement of Motor Recovery;
- Motor learning and recovery.

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Independent online learning hours31.00
Private study hours100.00
Total Contact hours19.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

Private study: this includes the time associated with background reading for each /lecture/tutorial/seminar, and the time associated with the preparation and completion of the assessment.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students will be given formative feedback during the seminar sessions as they are guided through the assessment and given opportunities to develop their ideas in groups. In addition tutorials will be offered where students have the opportunity to discuss their assignments and gain feedback on draft submissions.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
EssayThe essay is based around an article review (2,500 words)50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)50.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Online Time-Limited assessment24 hr 00 mins50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)50.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 03/12/2021


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